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What's the Best Exercise for Chronic Back Pain?

Johns Hopkins Medicine


Weight loss, if necessary, and exercise -- stretching, flexibility, and muscle-strengthening exercises -- are particularly helpful in treating chronic back pain. A recent study provides insights on the most effective exercise regimens to relieve chronic back pain. >>More


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Chronic Back Pain

Gretchen Heuring | ElderThink | 11.11.09


Pain can be debilitating and back pain can be the worst. There is no comfortable position for the sufferer. Lying down, standing, sitting, it still hurts.


Causes of Back Pain


Back pain can be caused by injury or by an illness such as arthritis. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke,


"Pain can occur when, for example, someone lifts something too heavy or over stretches, causing a sprain, strain, or spasm in one of the muscles or ligaments in the back. If the spine becomes overly strained or compressed, a disc may rupture or bulge outward. This rupture may put pressure on one of the more than 50 nerves rooted to the spinal cord that control body movements and transmit signals from the body to the brain. When these nerve roots become compressed or irritated, back pain results."


Treatment for Back Pain


Spinal Universe offers a thorough list of treatment options for back pain. There are drug therapies and exercises that help. Losing extra body fat is considered to be a very good solution. >>More